Pacific Coast to Las Vegas Road Trip

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Seattle to Las Vegas
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Tour description

From natural wonders to classic North American culture, this 19-day road trip along America's West Coast hits all the highlights. You'll gain a new appreciation for Mother Nature standing at the foot of some of the tallest trees in the world in Redwood National Park. Then experience elevation on a different gradient gazing up the impossibly steep streets of San Francisco. This is your perfect journey along the Pacific.

What's included

  • Your G for Good Moment: Native Grill Food Truck - Breakfast Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Yosemite National Park Your Discover Moment: San Francisco Your Discover Moment: Los Angeles Your Big Night Out Moment: Spring Break , Lake Havasu
  • Entrance fees to all national parks, state parks, and national monuments with hiking and walking excursions
  • Crater Lake NP visit
  • Redwood NP visit
  • Tioga Pass (seasonal)
  • Yosemite NP visit
  • Elephant seal rookery stop
  • Pacific Coast Highway drive
  • Sunset at the rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Free time in Portland, Napa Valley, Lake Tahoe, San Francisco, and Los Angeles
  • Self-inflating mattresses and dome tents while camping
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Get a peek into portland's quirky culture and artsy spirit
  • Trek through yosemite national park's peaks and domes
  • Stroll along the boardwalk of santa cruz
  • Journey along the famed route 66 to the las vegas strip
  • Witness the towering sandstone buttes of monument valley
  • Look for celebrities in los angeles
  • Watch the sunset over the grand canyon
  • Sip on wine among the vineyards of california's napa valley
  • Marvel at the desert scenery and famous fauna of joshua tree national park

Itinerary

Day 1: Seattle Arrive at any time. Welcome to Seattle! Spend your first night out on the town with your CEO and group as you explore this free-spirited Pacific Northwest city. From mini golf to gum walls, and made-up games there’s plenty to choose from. So grab your fellow adventurers and get ready to make some memories.

Day 2: Seattle/Portland Drive to the city of Portland. One of the most popular cities to visit north of California on the West Coast, Portland is artsy, funky and full of great eating and drinking options. Spend the afternoon getting to know this cool city.

Day 3: Portland/Bend After enjoying the quirkiness of Portland, continue on to Bend, consistently voted one of the best places to live in the US. Arrive in time to explore a bit of the town. Opt to canoe, kayak or check out one of the region's famous breweries.

Day 4: Bend/Redwood National Park Leave early to take in the sights at gorgeous Crater Lake National Park. Stare in awe at the crystal blue waters of one of the most pristine lakes on earth before continuing on to Redwood National Park, home to the tallest trees on Earth. Spend the evening amongst the gigantic coastal redwoods, and keep a keen eye for wildlife throughout the park.

Day 5: Redwood National Park/Sonoma County Wake with the sun for a morning hike through mystic old growth forests. Travel down the coast before driving inland through California wine country. Opt for an afternoon wine tasting or relax amongst the vineyards en route before camping for the night outside of beautiful Napa Valley.

Day 6: Sonoma County/Lake Tahoe Continue on to idyllic Lake Tahoe, a jewel of the Sierra Nevadas. Known for it's crystal clear waters and sweeping mountain views, it is truly a nature-lover's paradise. Enjoy a free afternoon for hiking, lake activities or relaxing.

Day 7: Lake Tahoe/Yosemite National Park Marvel at the spectacular views of Yosemite National Park's magnificent peaks and granite domes while enjoying one of most scenic drives in California: Tioga Pass!

Day 8: Yosemite National Park Enjoy free time in Yosemite National Park.

Day 9: Yosemite National Park/San Francisco Catch a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge on the way into one of America's most popular cities. Take an optional cable car ride over the steep hills or explore the city by bicycle.

Day 10: San Francisco Enjoy a free day to explore San Francisco.

Day 11: San Francisco/Morro Bay Visit Santa Cruz and go for a stroll along the boardwalk. Marvel at the beautiful coastline and mountain ranges of Big Sur along the Pacific coast. Arrive in time for sunset on Morro Bay.

Day 12: Morro Bay/Los Angeles Journey along the stunning Pacific coast to the City of Angels. Stop in Santa Barbara for lunch in this famous coastal city as we make our way to LA (maybe sneak in a volleyball game on the beach if you have time). Your CEO will point out a few famous neighbourhoods and landmarks on the drive. And even though the trip ends upon arrival to Los Angeles you ca certainly book some post accommodation and continue enjoying one of most geographically diverse states in America.

Day 13: Los Angeles Enjoy a free day in LA. Opt to explore Hollywood, Rodeo Drive, Santa Monica, Venice Beach and other hot spots around the city.

Day 14: Los Angeles/San Diego Be on celebrity-watch while passing by a few popular sites on the way out of LA, California's most glamorous city. Cruise through Orange County and along the incredible Pacific coastline to the truly remarkable San Diego. Sun, sand, food, and fun await us in this beautiful beach city. Once we have arrived you are free to adventure as you please. Soak up the sun on Mission Beach, hike along the sandstone cliffs of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, spend the day at the city’s cultural hub – Balboa Park, or immerse yourself in the military and maritime history of one of the happiest cities in the U.S. In the evening, head to the Gaslamp Quarter District for dinner and live music. As the sun sets, watch the area come alive with numerous pubs and nightclubs and get ready for a night of fun!

Day 15: San Diego/Lake Havasu City Travel to the desert landscape of Joshua Tree National Park – a place that attracts everyone from stargazers to rock climbers. Stop, stare, and enjoy the scenery of the Mojave and Colorado deserts, and of course the famous Joshua trees, with their gnarled branches. The group will take a short hike amongst the boulders of this park before zooming off to cool off in the crystal-clear waters of the Colorado River at Lake Havasu.

Day 16: Lake Havasu City/Grand Canyon Hit the road to get some kicks on Route 66. Dive into historic Americana and enjoy lunch at a famous joint and see if you can spot all the movie memorabilia. Afterwards, it’s off to the Grand Canyon to explore the massive gorges, ridges, and rock formations that make even the most skeptical of travellers become awestruck. Dive into a delicious pizza dinner as you sit with your newest adventures buddies and watch the sun dip below the canyon’s south rim.

Day 17: Grand Canyon Another day, another adventure! Not feeling a hike this morning? That's cool, you have the option to splurge on an unforgettable helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. Get ready to feel incredibly small as the world opens up at your feet. For a quieter experience rent a bike to check out the south rim or go see the IMAX Grand Canyon movie. No matter what you decide, the epic views will be there.

Day 18: Grand Canyon/Monument Valley Wave goodbye to this grand park as we take one last drive along the southern rim of the canyon. Then it’s time to eat some grub at a local Navajo food truck supported by Planeterra. With a full stomach and a happy attitude drive through the desert to discover one of the most majestic places on earth, Monument Valley. You have the option of getting deep into the valley with a 4x4 excursion with a local Navajo guide, or simply walk around yourself and admire this vast, colourful landscape and cool rock formations.

Day 19: Monument Valley/Las Vegas Grab your buddies and break a sweat with a quick hike to iconic Horseshoe Bend. Stand overlooking this cool natural shape of the Colorado River and snap a few zen photos. Then, discover ghost towns, funky roadside attractions, and bask in the fading sun as you head into “Sin City”.